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Hailed as the Land Rover Defender of bikes, we review the Bombtrack Beyond 1 to see if it really could reach those lofty heights of dependability and ruggedness.

bombtrack beyond
Best for...
Heading off around the world, the hard way
Overall Score
A truly bombproof bike clearly designed by people who tour in remote places
Capable of going anywhere but slower on roads than traditional tourers

Hailed on their own website as basically the bike world's answer to the Landrover Defender, there is no doubt that the Bombtrack Beyond 1 is a superbly specified, hardcore touring bike.

Straight out the gate the frame and rigid fork are made from Columbus Cromor, a plenty durable and much more field repairable material than either carbon or aluminium once you are off the beaten track. It is also liberally covered with bosses for racks front and back, mudguards and bottles - 5 bottles to be exact, this is one to take you through the Sahara without risking a thirst on. A real multi-tool of a frame that will take anything you care to lash onto it. Details even extend to long-distance-friendly dynamo wire routing in the frame and fork - a dedication to detail that really suggests that seasoned tourists have designed this beast.

The Beyond 1 comes with flared drop bars which are simultaneously road friendly for plenty of position options, but have enough width to take on rough roads, and there is a clever mix of both on and offroad components from the SRAM range to provide the drive. Mechanical disc brakes round off a cracking, clearly well thought out touring bike that is ready for a huge adventure right off the shelf.

Bombtrack are just starting to get established in the UK so the only dealer we could find for the Beyond 1 was Damian Harris Cycles in Cardiff, or online, but it is well worth the effort to hunt one down.

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